Sierra 192 Recruit Journal Week 03

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Sierra 192 Recruit Journal

Formed: March 29, 2016

Graduates: May 20, 2016


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be lost at sea? We do; and the Coastguard trains you for such scenarios every day. It’s Monday of week 03 for Sierra-192, and we had our survival float class. As we donned our bright orange mustang suits ( a full body insulated suit that fills with water if you fall overboard) we look like an army of Michelin men. We learn to float in different survival postures to avoid hypothermia and increases our chances of being spotted by an aircraft overhead. Bear Grylls would have be proud.

The same night was spent with “the Sherriff”, Petty Officer Coleman. He stressed to us how all of our missions were of high importance for a reason. Right now our mission consist of taking a 05 minute head and water break, and being back in main muster on time. Some of us forget to take it seriously because of what it is, and The Sherriff knows this. He tells us how we are the only branch of service in the U.S. Military that go straight to and operational unit upon graduating. In about a month or so, we will have the same amount of time to respond to a SAR (search and rescue) alarm for a rescue mission. It was a sobering reminder of how everything we do here is for a reason.

Later in the week we are introduced to RAMP-Recruit Amplitude Motivational Program. As some recruits fail to meet basic standards, they receive a ticket to RAMP. This is a 90 minute sweat session usually as a recruit-to-Company Commander ratio of 8:1. They are on us like flies on….you get the point. In just 01 week, many recruits have been to RAMP once and are still licking their wounds.

We also had seamanship school, and learned helm commands (steering a cutter in the open ocean) and basic knot tying. We were tested on 05 knots, the square knot, bowline, clove hitch, slip clove hitch, and round turn with two half hitches. Testing soon followed on a mock cutter control panel. Technically we could all drive $500,000,000 Coastguard boats now, but I’m not sure they’d let us anytime soon.

The week came to a close, but not before we got our military IDs. This excited a lot of the young guns in Sierra-192, and made some feel more “Official Military”. Friday afternoon we marched to chow, and doing so, saw our senior company, Oscar, march to graduation in their Trop Blues. Civilians chased them, surrounding them on their last march together in Cape May. As we marched on, heads turned to see Sierra company. It was the first time we had seen civilians in weeks, and the first time people watched us march. As we marched, it was motivating to see a glimpse of what the culmination of all of our training would look like. Hearing the National Anthem playing in the distance, we felt goosebumps. This is what it feels like to serve…..



Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.


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